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Posted: 12/18/2003 7:20:47 PM EDT
How do I seperate my upper handguard from the gas tube?

I ordered an Ironwood stock set and need to know how to remove the upper HG. It wont budge.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:13:31 PM EDT
I just take a pair of pliars and hold the end of the gas tube with them and then just twist the handguard off. You might have to go back and forth a little bit before it loosens, but it should come off.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:27:17 PM EDT
I would use a wrench on the part of the tube that locks into the reciever, instead of pliers, personally...


- georgestrings
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:42:54 PM EDT
You can use a bench vise to hold the flats in the rear part of the gas tube. Twist the top off being very careful not to have your hand or fingers near the corners of the tube. It will cut your hand and leave nasty scars.

KyARGuy
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 3:29:17 AM EDT
use leather gloves...I used a strap wrench on the wood...Be careful ....
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 4:49:10 AM EDT
So will this destroy the old hand guard?
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 4:58:02 AM EDT
not if your careful, I know it doesnt look right, when I was told the way to remove it, i thought they were nuts but it worked...Just take it slow...
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 5:26:01 AM EDT
I always lock the rear end of the gas tube in a vise, and then push down on the wood while rotating it. It will come off eventually....sometimes the wood will split on you so be careful.

KF
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 6:02:52 AM EDT
"It will cut your hand and leave nasty scars."


Yeah, I found that out, too - hahaha!!!


- georgestrings
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 4:31:23 AM EDT
That worked like a charm. Thanks.

I never would have thought to do it that way.
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